Reich is a professor of genetics and human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard in 1996 and his Ph.D. in statistical genetics from the University of Oxford in 1999, supervised by David Goldstein. Reich completed his post-doctoral supervised by Eric Lander at the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research. He has received several awards, including the 2017 Dan David Prize in Archaeology and Natural Sciences, the 2019 Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences and the 2020 Darwin-Wallace Award from the Linnaean Society of London (all joint with Svante Pääbo). He additionally received the 2019 National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology.